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 Neal, Gross Led Little League Teams in 1977


Knightstown High School announced the winners of the spring sports awards during a banquet held last week. Mark Lawrence and Jennifer Wilfong were named the outstanding senior athletes. Both were all-state performers. Wilfong became Knightstown’s all-time leading scorer in basketball and signed a national letter to attend Indiana University on a full scholarship.

Lawrence was first team all-state in football and became the Panthers’ all-time leading passer. He ranks second in the state in career passing yardage.

Missy White, Sara Lewis and Diane Zinkan were given track awards, while Susan Davidson and Susan Koors won softball awards. Track awards were won by Cort Swincher and Bruce Shelton. Both won the sectional, and Swincher advanced to the state for the second straight year in multiple events.

April Helms and Traci Walls won the awards for tennis, while Steve Davidson was given the low medalist award for the varsity golf team.

In their final tune-up for the sectional, Knightstown’s varsity baseball team defeated 11th-ranked Indianapolis Warren Central 5-3 last week. Chris Taylor pitched the victory and allowed seven hits, raising his record to 6-2 on the season. Rem Perry, David Mattix, Mark Lawrence, John Collins and Baron Magee all had two hits for the Panthers, who improved their record to 16-4 for the year.

The annual canoe race from Knightstown to Carthage will once again draw a huge crowd to the start and finish lines this Sunday. Entries are still being accepted, and race categories this year include Men’s Aluminum, Men’s Fiberglass, Women’s Aluminum, Women’s Fiberglass, Mixed Division, and Father-Son Division.



Dan Webber has been appointed a state and area representative for American Bass Fisherman. The Knightstown-area resident is the only local professional bass fisherman, and will begin touring the state to speak to area clubs and organizations.

Several Knightstown Elementary School students broke school records in track and field events this past school year. Those recognized for establishing new records during an awards ceremony included Shelly Scott in the girls 100-yard dash and long jump; Steve Turpin in the boys long jump; Karla Easton in the high jump; and Von Wasson in the boys 100-yard dash.

As co-champions of the Big Blue River Conference, the Knightstown baseball team had five players named to the All-BBRC team. Sophomore Art Rose was selected for the second straight year, was joined by juniors Bo Roland, Greg Whitfield and Chuck Hutson, as well as sophomore Jack Tague.

In Little League baseball action, Billy Garris pitched a no-hitter in leading the Cardinals to a 9-0 victory over the Yankees. Garris struck out 17 batters in the game, walking just three.

In another superbly pitched little league game, Scott Reeves struck out 15 batters and allowed just one hit in leading the Tigers to an 8-2 win over the Giants. In an offensive game, Brian Meador had five hits to lead the Astros to a 24-23 victory over the Sox. Jeff Lacy and Bruce Kraft had three hits apiece, while Jeff Estridge, Donnie Gross, Chris Hunt and Scott Neal also had three hits.



Knightstown senior Bob Galyen qualified for the state track and field championships by placing in the regional at Indianapolis Tech last week. Galyen’s top jump this season has been 6’6 ¼”, setting a Knightstown High School record.




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